Police clash with protesters at abortion rights rally in Los Angeles

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Police and protesters clashed in downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday night during an abortion rights rally over the Supreme Court's possible overturning of Roe v. Wade.

According to Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore, police were escorting a group of about 250 demonstrators marching from the federal courthouse to Pershing Square when a segment of the crowd "began to throw rocks and bottles” at police. Moore said that one officer was injured.

One police vehicle was seen with its window smashed, and a citywide police tactical alert was was briefly declared.

Videos posted to social media showed a chaotic scene as an officer tackled a protester, nearly hitting a fire hydrant, while another officer struck protesters with a baton.

A police officer wiedling a baton is surrounded by a group of abortion rights demonstrators in Los Angeles on Tuesday night. (Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP Photo)
A police officer wiedling a baton is surrounded by a group of abortion rights demonstrators in Los Angeles on Tuesday night. (Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP Photo)

Another clip showed an officer who arrived in a Homeland Security vehicle tell a female protester to "back up." The unidentified male officer is then surrounded by demonstrators.

A DHS spokesman did not immediately return a request for comment.

Demonstrators surround a Homeland Security vehiclenear Pershing Square in Los Angeles on Tuesday. (Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP Photo)
Demonstrators surround a Homeland Security vehiclenear Pershing Square in Los Angeles on Tuesday. (Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP Photo)
Abortion rights demonstrators clash with police officers in Los Angeles on Tuesday night. (Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP Photo)
Abortion rights demonstrators clash with police officers in Los Angeles on Tuesday night. (Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP Photo)

There was no immediate word of any arrests or additional injuries.

The protest was one of dozens triggered by the publication of a draft opinion by Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Alito suggesting the court is poised to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that legalized abortion nationwide.

Thousands abortion rights protesters gathered in cities across the country on Tuesday. And most were peaceful.

New York Attorney General Letitia James speaks as thousands of abortion rights demonstrators gather at a protest at Foley Square in lower Manhattan on tuesday. (Photo by Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
New York Attorney General Letitia James speaks as thousands of abortion rights demonstrators gather at a protest at Foley Square in lower Manhattan on tuesday. (Photo by Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

In New York City, hundreds of demonstrators gathered in Manhattan's Foley Square, where New York Attorney General Letitia James joined the protest, saying that she announced that nearly two decades ago, she “walked proudly into Planned Parenthood.”

Similar demonstrations were held in cities including Austin, Boston, Denver and Washington, D.C., where protesters rallied outside the Supreme Court for most of the day.

See photos from the protests below.

Providence, R.I.

Demonstrators in Providence, R.I., gather on Tuesday to protest the news that the U.S. Supreme Court could be poised to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade case that legalized abortion nationwide. (David Goldman/AP Photo)
Demonstrators in Providence, R.I., gather on Tuesday to protest the news that the U.S. Supreme Court could be poised to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade case that legalized abortion nationwide. (David Goldman/AP Photo)
Brown University medical students attend an abortion rights rally in Providence, R.I., on Tuesday. (David Goldman/AP Photo)
Brown University medical students attend an abortion rights rally in Providence, R.I., on Tuesday. (David Goldman/AP Photo)

Reno, Nev.

Protesters hold signs outside the federal courthouse during an abortion rights rally Reno, Nev., on Tuesday. (Ty O'Neil/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Protesters hold signs outside the federal courthouse during an abortion rights rally Reno, Nev., on Tuesday. (Ty O'Neil/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Protesters gather in front of the federal courthouse in Reno, Nev., Tuesday. (Ty O'Neil/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Protesters gather in front of the federal courthouse in Reno, Nev., Tuesday. (Ty O'Neil/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Tuscon, Ariz.

Abortion rights demonstrators gather outside of the federal courthouse in Tucson, Ariz., on Tuesday. (Rebecca Noble/Reuters)
Abortion rights demonstrators gather outside of the federal courthouse in Tucson, Ariz., on Tuesday. (Rebecca Noble/Reuters)
A sign decorated with bloody coat hangers and names of Supreme Court justices is seen during a demonstration outside of the federal courthouse in Tucson, Ariz., on Tuesday. (Rebecca Noble/Reuters)
A sign decorated with bloody coat hangers and names of Supreme Court justices is seen during a demonstration outside of the federal courthouse in Tucson, Ariz., on Tuesday. (Rebecca Noble/Reuters)

Philadelphia, Pa.

Women gather with signs during an abortion rights demonstration outside the federal courthouse in Philadelphia on Tuesday. (Tom Gralish/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)
Women gather with signs during an abortion rights demonstration outside the federal courthouse in Philadelphia on Tuesday. (Tom Gralish/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)
Abortion-rights activists and supporters protest outside Philadelphia's federal courthouse on Tuesday. (Heather Khalifa/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, File)
Abortion-rights activists and supporters protest outside Philadelphia's federal courthouse on Tuesday. (Heather Khalifa/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, File)

Boston, Mass.

A person holds a sign calling for the codification of Roe v. Wade during a protest at the Massachusetts State House in Boston on Tuesday. (Erin Clark/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
A person holds a sign calling for the codification of Roe v. Wade during a protest at the Massachusetts State House in Boston on Tuesday. (Erin Clark/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
Hundreds of abortion rights activists march during a protest in downtowj Boston on Tuesday. (Erin Clark/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
Hundreds of abortion rights activists march during a protest in downtowj Boston on Tuesday. (Erin Clark/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

Columbia, Mo.

A pair of young activists embrace during a rally for abortion rights outside the Boone County Courthouse in Columbia, Mo., on Tuesday. (Maya Bell, Columbia Missourian/AP Photo)
A pair of young activists embrace during a rally for abortion rights outside the Boone County Courthouse in Columbia, Mo., on Tuesday. (Maya Bell, Columbia Missourian/AP Photo)
People gather for an abortion rights rally outside the Boone County Courthouse in Columbia, Mo., on Tuesday. (Maya Bell, Columbia Missourian/AP Photo)
People gather for an abortion rights rally outside the Boone County Courthouse in Columbia, Mo., on Tuesday. (Maya Bell, Columbia Missourian/AP Photo)

Houston, Texas

Abortion rights demonstrators gather outside of the federal courthouse in Houston on Tuesday. (Jon Shapley/Houston Chronicle via AP)
Abortion rights demonstrators gather outside of the federal courthouse in Houston on Tuesday. (Jon Shapley/Houston Chronicle via AP)
People demonstrate in support of abortion rights near City Hall in Houston on Tuesday. (Jon Shapley/Houston Chronicle via AP)
People demonstrate in support of abortion rights near City Hall in Houston on Tuesday. (Jon Shapley/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Denver, Colo.

Hundreds of people gather in support of abortion rights at a rally outside of the Colorado State Capitol building in Denver on Tuesday. (Helen H. Richardson/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
Hundreds of people gather in support of abortion rights at a rally outside of the Colorado State Capitol building in Denver on Tuesday. (Helen H. Richardson/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
People hold up signs during an abortion rights rally outside of the Colorado State Capitol building in Denver on Tuesday. (Helen H. Richardson/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
People hold up signs during an abortion rights rally outside of the Colorado State Capitol building in Denver on Tuesday. (Helen H. Richardson/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

New York, N.Y.

Hundreds of people take part in an abortion rights march in New York City on Tuesday. (Jeenah Moon/Reuters)
Hundreds of people take part in an abortion rights march in New York City on Tuesday. (Jeenah Moon/Reuters)
Protesters hold up photographs of Supreme Court justices during an abortion rights demonstration in New York's Foley Square on Tuesday. (Jeenah Moon/Reuters)
Protesters hold up photographs of Supreme Court justices during an abortion rights demonstration in New York's Foley Square on Tuesday. (Jeenah Moon/Reuters)

San Francisco, Calif.

A woman holds up a coat hanger, a symbol of the reproductive rights movement, at an abortion rights rally in San Francisco on Tuesday. (Nick Otto/AFP via Getty Images)
A woman holds up a coat hanger, a symbol of the reproductive rights movement, at an abortion rights rally in San Francisco on Tuesday. (Nick Otto/AFP via Getty Images)
Abortion rights demonstrators gather at a protesters in San Francisco on Tuesday. (Nick Otto/AFP via Getty Images)
Abortion rights demonstrators gather at a protesters in San Francisco on Tuesday. (Nick Otto/AFP via Getty Images)

Washington, D.C.

Pro- and anti-abortion rights activists confront one another in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Pro- and anti-abortion rights activists confront one another in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Abortion rights activists demonstrate in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday. (Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)
Abortion rights activists demonstrate in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday. (Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)